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Monday November 26, 2012 11:36:02 AM, & Agencies

New Delhi: Senior IPS officer Syed Asif Ibrahim will take over as the next Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB). He will be the first Muslim officer to head the organisation in its history.


Fifty nine-year-old Ibrahim, will take over as officer on special duty on December 1, a procedure for smooth transition of power from the incumbent Director to the new one, official sources said.


Ibarhim's appointment as IB chief is coming at a time when accusations against the Indian investigating agencies and police officials are rife that they are arresting "innocent" Muslim youths in terror cases without "concrete" evidence.


He will be taking over from Nehchal Sandhu who retires on December 31. He will have a fixed tenure of two years beginning January one, 2013.


The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cleared the name of Ibrahim, a 1977 batch IPS officer from Madhya Pradesh cadre. The clearing of his name comes within two days of the appointment of CBI director Ranjit Sinha.


The second in command at present in the organisation R N Gupta, a 1976 batch IPS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre, has been shifted as Officer on Special Duty to the Cabinet Secretariat while V Rajagopal of the same batch from UT cadre, has moved to Joint Intelligence Committee.


Ibrahim commands respect in the intelligence community and is being described as an able successor to Nehchal Sindhu. Presently, he looks after cyber espionage, apart from other aspects of national security.


The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has also cleared the name of Alok Joshi as the new Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief.


Currently chief of Aviation Research Centre (ARC), the aviation intelligence arms of the RAW, Joshi will take over the charge from Sanjeev Tripathi when the latter retires at end of the year.


Joshi has had a stint with the IB, being the station chief at Lucknow, before he came back to RAW and was elevated to head the ARC. Amitabh Mathur will succeed Joshi at ARC.

The IB is responsible for intelligence gathering within the country’s borders, while the RAW is entrusted with the task of gathering external intelligence.






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